This week’s interesting word is (I believe) common in American English but almost unknown in British English.
It is a variation of cater-cornered. There are other variations including catacornered, caddy-cornered and kitty-cornered.
Cater-cornered means ‘diagonal’ or ‘diagonally’. It is used to describe something as situated diagonally opposite from something else.
Cater-corned is mid 19th century in origin. It is usually considered to have developed from a dialect use of cater meaning ‘diagonally’. This stemmed from cater meaning the four-spot on dice, which comes from the French quatre meaning ‘four’. Quatre is from the Latin quattuor, meaning ‘four’.